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Off the Field – Kudos go to Blue Devils (Nov. 11, 2015 issue)

A special tip-of-the-cap goes out to the UCHS football team. The Blue Devils completed their football season with a first round loss to Alcoa on Friday, Nov. 6.
Facing the Tornadoes, who are easily the favorite to reach the state championship for Class 3A, was a great learning experience for the Blue Devils as the UCHS program continues working to return to it glory days.
From the football coaches, to players, to cheerleaders, band members and the fans, the effort was in full swing this year as the team avenged an 0-10 mark from last season.
Preseason projections by news outlets had the Blue Devils picked to finish seventh in the Mountain Eight Conference. The Blue Devils proved them wrong by finishing fourth. Had a few plays in some games gone the Blue Devils’ way, the team could have finished second in the conference.
Football season may be over now, but kudos to the squad for an exciting season at Gentry Stadium.
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Tip-off time is around the bend in northeast Tennessee.
The unofficial season opener for Unicoi County High School basketball teams is set for Thursday, Nov. 12, at Sullivan South High School with the annual Three Rivers Conference jamboree.
Each Three Rivers team will compete, including the addition of Class A power Hampton High School.
UCHS will compete in the nightcap against Happy Valley. The Lady Blue Devils play first at 8:30 p.m. with the Blue Devils to follow. Other teams competing in the event include South, Sullivan East, Elizabethton, Johnson County and Sullivan North.
The Erwin Record will feature our annual UCHS basketball supplement in the Nov. 18 issue. The supplement features an in-depth look of each team at UCHS, along with a look at what’s ahead for the league play and schedules for the teams.
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The B.P.O.E. #1985 Erwin Elks Lodge is using a little bit of sport to help the community this holiday season.
A turkey shoot is scheduled to be held at the complex each Saturday and will continue until the end of December. The turkey shoot is $15 a round, with each round including five shots on a target. Winners of the turkey shoot have the opportunity to receive different items, including a wide variety of different meats.
While the goodies are in abundance, the overall plan of the facility is to help children in the community, according to Roger Hayes, who is with the lodge.
During an interview with The Erwin Record, Hayes said the lodge is currently in the process of using funds to help organize “Shop with an Elk” this Christmas season.
The initiative allows the lodge to help underprivileged children in the area by giving a $100 shopping spree at Wal-Mart the Saturday before Christmas to each child selected.
Hayes said the lodge assisted 38 kids last year and is wanting numbers to go up this year to 40, and the lodge is looking to raise $4,000.
Donations are being accepted for those unable to participate in the shoot. Funds from the shoot and other donations go strictly toward the “Shop with an Elk.”
For more information on the shoot or the Christmas plans by the lodge, contact Hayes at 306-6251.
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